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#24-Wheaton opens 2014 season with a 36-28 win against Coe

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Wheaton, Ill. - The Wheaton Thunder football team (1-0) opened the 2014 season on Saturday afternoon with a 36-28 victory against Coe College (0-1). Wheaton is currently ranked 24th in the most recent top-25 poll from D3football.com. Today's victory marked the 20th consecutive non-conference win at home for the Thunder in the regular season and Wheaton's 13th straight victory in season-opening games.

The Thunder offense racked up 483 total yards on the day, with 338 passing yards and 145 rushing yards. The Thunder offense ran 83 plays in the game, averaging 5.8 yards per play for the afternoon. Coe recorded 410 yards of total offense with 317 yards through the air and 93 yards on the ground.

Wheaton quarterback Reece Butler (Wheaton North), a senior, completed 28 of his 41 passing attempts for 321 yards, with two touchdown tosses. Keegan Kemp caught seven passes for a career-high 101 yards. Running back Jesse Geary carried the ball 19 times for 78 yards, with two touchdowns and he also caught six passes for 73 yards. Luke Thorson (Wheaton Academy) caught five passes for 51 yards, with two touchdown catches

Junior linebacker Adam Dansdill (Wheaton-Warrenville South) made a team-high nine total tackles for the Thunder defense. Jordan Dornbush made six tackles, including a tackle for lost yardage. Josh Aldrin (Woodridge) (-10 yards) and Tim Lovett (-5 yards) each had a QB sack for the Thunder.

Wheaton will return to action next Saturday with a 1 PM (EDT) kickoff at Kalamazoo College.

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